The name of Jesus… Oh, how I love when it falls from the lips of someone who loves Him… and oh, how I shudder when it falls from the lips of someone who does not.

The record of the name Jesus uttered for the first time by mere humans is seen today as we read:  “And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, He was called ‘Jesus,’ the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”

Although Jesus is prophecied by many other names all throughout the Old Testament, through the genealogy in Matthew and even mentioned by angels to Mary and Joseph.  The first recording of His name being said aloud was at this moment in the temple.  “He was called ‘Jesus.’”

The name Jesus means, “the Lord saves” as given in Matthew, “You will call His name Jesus because He will save His people from their sins.”

There are three things I find fascinating about the name given to the Messiah.

First, the name Jesus was not uncommon in the time when He lived.  It is actually the Hebrew form of the name Joshua.  We are told Jesus came into this world to be like us and that began with His name.  Hebrews 2:17 says, “Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people.”

Second, Jesus took an ordinary name and made it extraordinary.  The name is Jesus, when it is spoken, began as a common household name but became a name that represents the complete otherness of who He is.  There is power when the name of Jesus is spoken  Jeremiah 10:6 states, “No one is like you…; you are great, and your name is mighty in power.” Speaking the name of Jesus can soothe a troubled soul while at the same time bring healing to wounded.  It sets the prisoner free and brings hope to all who utter the name with faith that He will do as He promises.

Last, the name Jesus is one that will call all men to worship!  We are told in Philippians 2:10-11, “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

We all have the choice and we all worship something or someone because God created us to be worshippers.  There will be a day when everyone will bow their knee before Jesus in worship.  Yet, the greatest pleasure remains for this time in those who choose to worship Him, Jesus, now.

All the earth will sing

All the earth sings praise to You

All the earth will sing

and bring praise to your name.

Praise to Your Name, Lord

Praise to Your Name, Lord

All the earth will sing

And bring praise to your name.

Choose to worship Jesus, today!

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